This study focuses on the co-processing of raw materials derived from liquid biomass for the production of alternative fuels.
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With increasing pressure to lower the carbon footprint in our daily lives, production of fuels and products from renewable carbon material is of increasing interest. Despite the success of the biofuel industry thus far in the adoption of ethanol and biodiesel as part of the fuel chain, incompatibility drawbacks limit their application to blending in fuels. The challenge for society lies in producing potential drop-in alternatives that may seamlessly be adopted into different refinery class based products ranging from fuels to petrochemicals. The research “Catalytic Conversion of Alcohol-Waste Vegetable Oil Mixtures over Aluminosilicate Catalysts” study show that it is possible to produce fuel range hydrocarbon and the selectivity was skewed towards mono-aromatics which may find applications as precursors for the production of polymers. The production of some of the polymers such PET (plastic bottle material) from renewable carbon sources could lessen the pressure on waste management as these products would be biodegradable at the end of their lifecycle.
Launched in 2007 to recognise the best studies on efficiency, sustainability and environmental protection, the annual Eni Award is an international prize for applied research in the field of energy. Every year the competition involves many of the most important scientific institutions in the world as well as Eni's own in-house laboratories.
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